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YSU Penguin Athletics / Transfer Portal
« on: March 20, 2023, 09:16:23 AM »
Will Dunn is the first YSU player to entered the transfer portal.  Not really surprised by this.  He was one I could see dropping down to D2 or D3. 

His PT disappeared after the Detroit home game at the end of January, and I'm pretty sure that was the game Cohill yelled at him after a turnover.  He also played the most mins in that game at 19 than he did all season.  After that he only played in 6 of the final 11 games for a total of 13 mins and did not score.   

He really improved from his freshman year to his sophomore year and even started 13 games last year.  I was hoping for more improvement this year.  He did hit 6 of his 13 3-point attempts this year.  He seemed to struggle on the defensive side this year and turned the ball over too much.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU - Detroit MBB
« on: January 12, 2023, 07:53:15 PM »
YSU was a 1.5-point favorite at Detroit.

After a slow start and getting down 7, YSU going going later in the 2nd half and leads 40-30.  YSU had some good looks early from inside and 3's and couldn't hit.  Brandon Rush hit 2 big 3's in the last couple possessions to push that lead out.  Cohill doesn't look himself and hasn't scored.    They held Antoine Davis to 10 with 4 of them coming from the FT line.  He's 0-4 from 3 and they are just 2-13 as a team. 

Think they said Detroit is 1-7 or 1-8 when trailing at the half.  YSU has been a much better 2nd half team so looks hope that trend continues.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU - IUPUI MBB
« on: January 07, 2023, 01:04:39 PM »
Wow YSU is a 22.5-23.5 favorite. Guessing that's based on IUPUI only averaging around 60 a game & YSU around 84. Still seems really high. YSU has won 17 of 19 against them but the last 4 games has been within 7 points including a loss. IUPUI is 3-12 & 0-4 in the league & I think only has 1 D1 victory. Hope YSU doesn't take them lightly

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YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU - RMU MBB
« on: January 05, 2023, 09:16:10 AM »
YSU is a 7.5-point favorite tonight. 

Last year YSU lost both home games to RMU.  They are 7-8 this year and 2-2 in the league.  They beat Wright St by 21 at Wright St, they beat PFW by 5, lost to NKU by only 4 at NKU and lost CSU by 9.  Some of their other losses include Ohio St, Dayton & Marshall. 

I feel like this is an important game for YSU.  Need to bounce back after the PFW loss at home, can't lose another one at home if they are going to compete for a title.  Saturday should be a given against IUPUI.  Need to get to 4-2 before heading on the road for 4 straight. 

I'd like to see YSU get off to a strong start early.  That seems to be lacking this year.  YSU is only +46 in the first half compared to +119 in the second half. 

Coach said in his press conference on Wednesday that they are still looking for a 5th starter.  He mentioned Hunter, McBride, and Lovelace.  Not sure what the deal with Shemar is; he wasn't mentioned.  His mins have dropped.  I know Coach had said he missed 2 days of practice last week due to being stuck in Toronto in the snowstorm and that's why he didn't play much in the CSU game, but did start in the PFW for Cohill then only played the first 3 mins.  He also said Covington is going to play this weekend. 

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YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU - CSU MBB
« on: December 29, 2022, 12:32:23 PM »
YSU is a 6.5-7.5 point favorite.  I'm a little surprised it's that high.  I figured more in the 3.5-5.5 range. 

Pretty big game and weekend for that matter I feel for YSU to establish themselves.  YSU has lost the last 4 to CSU and 9 of the last 10.  They were swept by PFW last year. 

CSU enters at 7-6, but 2-0 in the league handling both Detroit & Oakland by 16 & 15 points at home.  After that bad loss to D2 Notre Dame Ohio, CSU has losses to Cincinnati, Ohio, St. Bonaventure, Kent State & Loyola Marymount; all were road losses other than Kent St.
 

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YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU - Southern MBB
« on: December 16, 2022, 12:18:50 PM »
YSU is an 8.5 point favorite.  YSU needs to take care of business tonight and then close out non-conference play with a win against Central Michigan next week. 

Need to get Adrian Nelson going again and would like to see a better defensive effort.  Also would like to see so more production out of Shemar, Covington & Hunter.  Seems like McBride wants to come off the bench, but he could easily be starting as could Brandon Rush. 

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YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU - Westminster MBB
« on: December 09, 2022, 12:09:16 PM »
Even though it was 7-0 to start, thought YSU looked a bit sluggish early on.  Westminster got a lot of good looks, but couldn't knock them down and was holding YSU to just 1 shot on offense.  YSU was just so much more athletic, bigger, and stronger. 

It was good everyone got to play and contributed.  YSU's defense still kind of concerns me; here were a lot of bad breakdowns.  They kind of got lax in the 2nd half and gave up 43, which I know can happen in games like this.  I think if they can improve on that this team is going to be pretty dangerous.  We know they can score and it's a deep roster.  There's 10 guys that can easily start and then you add in Irwin and Shelton.  I was hoping for more improvement from Owens over last year.  Coach has said he's a work in progress. 

Bryce McBride has really impressed me this year.  He's really calm on the court and what he did with the triple-double was was really impressive especially the 15 assists, and it's not easy for a guard to get 10 rebounds.  Hard to believe he's on the 2nd in YSU history to do that.  Naz was the other, but he did it with OT.  The fact too that he wants to come off the bench says a lot about him as well. 

I was concerned when Covington didn't dress, but sounds like he'll be good to go Sunday.  He hurt his ankle in practice and decided to sit out. 

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YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU - W. IL MBB
« on: November 26, 2022, 02:09:41 PM »
No ESPN coverage but looks like free streaming through WI's site https://goleathernecks.com/watch/?Live=1692&type=Live

YSU is a 5.5 point favorite.  WI is 2-3.  They've lost 3 straight; lost to DePaul by 12, only put up 37 points in a 33-point loss to Central FL then lost to Texas Rio Grande Valley by 1.

Hoping for a better performance by YSU after the dud against Navy.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Men's Basketball Home Opener against UTM
« on: November 09, 2022, 12:24:12 PM »
YSU is an 8 to 9 point favorite.

UTM was 8-22 last year ending the season losing their last 7 and are coming off a 22-point loss to Pitt on Monday night. 

They have 3 seniors and a graduate student, Parker Stewart, who started his career at Pitt then went to UTM followed up by Indiana and now back at UTM.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Preseason men's college basketball rankings
« on: August 12, 2022, 09:44:09 AM »
The Hoops Resource has YSU ranked 128, tops in the Horizon, and 21st in Mid Major

https://thehoopsresource.com/ncaa-college-basketball-rankings-all-363-teams-in-2022-23/

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Wofford up next for YSU MBB
« on: March 17, 2022, 09:19:39 AM »
According to Dana Balash's tweet this morning, YSU will play at Wofford.  Their second round game was scheduled for Friday night at 7 PM.  Not sure if that gets changed or not.  Pretty tough deal for YSU as Spartansburg is in SC and they received a bye.  There's 2 other first round games that aren't even being played until Saturday.  Still not sure how this bracket is going to work out as there would be 11 teams in the 2nd round.  Thought it would have made more sense for Merrimack and Wofford to play beings both received a first round bye. 

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YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU - NKU MBB
« on: February 26, 2022, 07:53:40 PM »
Hard to believe YSU can shoot 56% from the field with 6 made 3's and a better % from the field than NKU but trail by 8 at halftime.  Give up 9 3's, have 9 turnovers, and can't believe Shemar missed 3 of 4 from the FT line.  YSU had some opportunities to expand the lead in the first half but didn't do it.  Only 3 points for Cohill after Wright State shut him down on Thursday.  YSU needs to slow down NKU and take care of the ball better if they are going to have a chance in the 2nd half. 

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Horizon League MBB
« on: February 20, 2022, 08:34:58 PM »
So Cleveland State wins the regular season championship for the 2nd straight year, that much we know.  It's crazy that 2-7 is up for grabs coming down to the last week.  I really don't think CSU is that much better than teams 2-7, but they know how to close out games with their senior leadership.  Case in point are the 2 YSU games that YSU had a chance to win it at the end, they beat RMU by 1, Detroit by 2, Wright St by 4.

Oakland really blew an opportunity this weekend at home blowing double digit leads to both Wright St & NKU.  On the other hand, Detroit put themselves back into contention with 2 big home wins against NKU & Wright St.  Those wins were critical for YSU allowing them to control their own destiny at a shot at a top 4 seed playing both NKU & Wright St. this weekend. 

It's hard to believe that PFW has worked their way into the 2 seed.  They've really come on strong since beating YSU the first time at home, as I really didn't think they were that great of a team (1-3 at the time in the conference).  They are 13-3 (1 non-conference win in there) starting with that win.  They have 2 tough games this weekend on the road at Oakland & Detroit.  YSU would need them to lose both, have Oakland lose to CSU and then YSU would have to win both to have a shot at the 2 seed. 

Hopefully YSU can at least split this week.  You'd hate to see them go 0-2, lose their momentum, and possibly drop to a 7 seed.  If they can't get a 1st round bye, would much rather them play IUPUI or Green Bay at home.  Robert Morris makes me nervous. 

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YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU - IUPUI MBB
« on: February 03, 2022, 05:22:39 PM »
YSU is a 12.5-13.5 point favorite tonight. YSU has won 15 of the 17 games all-time against IUPUI. IUPUI is 2-17 with their only 2 wins coming against non D1 schools. They are last in the net rankings of all D1 schools. This is 1 of the 5 games that YSU should have no trouble winning then you have Oakland, Detroit, Wright State & NKU & need to find a way to win a couple of those to have a shot at that 4th seed

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YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU - Milwaukee MBB
« on: January 29, 2022, 01:41:40 PM »
Shemar isn't dressed so I'm assuming did get a suspension; however, Luke Chicone is dressed and warming up.

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